So we’re on our second last post of the ten days, ten tales write-up. A brief history of the events that took place before Karbala were posted earlier, and the battle itself was discussed in the last two posts. Imam Hussain’s (A.S) martyrdom meant that Yazid’s army had gotten its way and had defeated those who defied him. But that’s just how it sounds on paper.
Imam Hussain’s death was not only a great milestone in the spread of Islam, but it ensured that Islam would not die out until the end of time. It was because of his sacrifice that Muslims are spread around all over the world. Had he not stood up to face Yazid at that time, or even more so, had simply pledged allegiance to maintain peace, Islam would have ceased to exist. Yazid’s army may have killed Imam Hussain (A.S) and his followers, but he could never defeat them.
Imam Hussain’s Death
When Imam Hussain (A.S) entered the battlefield, he knew he was not going to come out alive. He had already said his farewells and was ready to sacrifice himself in the name of Islam. Those who had gone to fight before him wanted to finish off as many men as possible, so that the Imam’s life could be spared. This was not to be. Imam Hussain (A.S) was thirsty and tired. He had been taking care of the deceased since morning and all energy had been drained out of him. He had also been attacked with an arrow which hit and injured his face.
Imam Hussain (A.S) tried to reason with the enemy, reminding them once more that Allah shall not be please with them if they kill the Prophet’s (p.b.u.h) grandson. They did not care for that and attacked anyway. An arrow hit the Prophet’s shoulder, another hit him from the back. Their attacks were fueled by Shimr’s shouts. Finally, Sinan bin Anas Nakhee threw a spear at the Imam, which caused him to fall down onto the blistering sand. The arrows piercing his body were so many, that when he fell, his body did not come in contact with the ground. His whole body was trembling. At this moment, Shimr stepped forward. He asked the other men to step back so that he could cut off the Imam’s head. Once this was done, Umar bin Saad ordered his horsemen to trample over the body of the Imam.
The belongings of Imam Hussain were divided amongst the men. His horse, which had gotten injured during war, was also taken as captive. For the men who died from the enemies’ side, Umar bin Saad led a funeral prayer. The men who died from the Imam’s side did not get a funeral. Their bodies were left strewn across the land of Karbala, and later, were buried by the natives of the land. Today, the mausoleums of these men stand where their bodies were left by Yazid’s men.
Aftermath of Karbala
Immediately after the death of Imam Hussain (A.S), Yazid’s men proceeded to the tents which were now only occupied by women and children. They looted the tents, taking whatever they could find, including the chaadar of the women. Shimr handed over the head of Imam Hussain (A.S) to Khaula bin Yazid, and instructed him to take it to Ibne Ziyad, as proof that his command had been fulfilled. When the head was presented to Ibne Ziyad, a companion of the Prophet’s present at the governor’s house shouted at him. He lamented that he would’ve indeed cut his head off the way he had done so to the Prophet’s grandson, had he not been old and weak. He announced in court that they had committed the gravest of sins and there would be no forgiveness for them.
Ahl-Bayt’s women and children, as well as Imam Zainul-Abideen (the fourth Imam) were taken to Kufa from Karbala. From here, they were taken to Syria, chained to camel back. The heads of Imam Hussain (A.S) and several other martyrs were held high on spearheads. On the journey to Syria, many children lost their lives by falling off the camels, for they did not stop for anyone. The heads and faces of the women had been bared. The journey to Syria was a display, by Ibne Ziyad, showing the rebellions what happened to those who disobeyed. In reality, it turned many against the government and in favour of the Prophet’s family. It was what eventually led to the downfall of Yazid – a rather nasty one – just as a cannibal of his degree, deserved.
TOMORROW: Bibi Zainab’s (A.S) Sermon in Yazid’s Court